2019 Cubs Winter Instructs (Updated 1/22)
2019 Cubs Winter Instructs is well underway on the backfields at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa.
Instructs actually began on January 7th, but the first ten days were spent on Cubs Way orientation & player conditioning and then rain on Tuesday postponed full-scale field activities for another couple of days.
CUBS 2019 WINTER INSTRUCTS ROSTER: 64
The roster will be updated if there are changes.
(Last updated 1-22-2019)
* throws or bats left
# bats both
* Faustino Carrera
* Bryan Hudson
* Brendon Little
* Brailyn Marquez
* Eugenio Palma
* Wyatt Short
Orian Nunez (ex-INF)
* Jonathan Soto
INFIELDERS: 19 (position played during infield practice in parenthesis)
* Aramis Ademan (SS)
Jhonny Bethencourt (3B)
Luis Diaz (2B)
* Tyler Durna (1B)
# Reivaj Garcia (2B)
Nico Hoerner (SS - see NOTE below)
# Josue Huma (3B-SS)
Levi Jordan (3B-2B-SS)
# Fidel Mejia (3B-1B)
Christopher Morel (SS)
Miguel Pabon (2B-SS)
# Yonathan Perlaza (3B-2B)
* Luke Reynolds (1B-3B)
Jake Slaughter (1B-3B-2B)
* Jared Young (1B-OF)
Luis Vazquez (SS)
Luis Verdugo (SS)
* Andy Weber (2B-SS)
Delvin Zinn (2B-3B)
NOTE: Hoerner did not participate with the other infielders in group infield practice on Fields #3 and #4; instead he received intense one-on-one instruction from Minor League Infield Coordinator Jonathan Mota on Field #6
* Edmond Americaan
* D. J. Artis
Carlos Morfa (U. S. debut - played in DSL in 2018)
* Ezequiel Pagan
* Cole Roederer
ASSISTANT PITCHING CORDINATORS:
ASSISTANT HITTING COORDINATOR:
MENTAL SKILLS PROGRAM COORDINATOR:
MENTAL SKILLS COORDINATORS:
David da Silva
Ben Carhart (hitting coach)
Michael Carter (hitting coach)
Keoni DeRenne (infield coach)
Steve Lerud (hitting coach)
Darnell McDonald (outfield coach)
Osmin Melendez (hitting coach)
Manny Olivera (pitching coach)
Lance Rymel (catching coach)
Anderson Tavarez (pitching coach)
Jamie Vermilyea (pitching coach)
Desi Wilson (hitting coach)
Enrique Wilson (hitting coach)
REHAB COACH/BULLPEN CATCHER:
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COORDINATOR:
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES:
JustSayin' 10 hours 13 min ago (view)
I think what your saying applies to all franchises in all big-time team sports. The virus is asymptomatic in many carriers. The national positive test % rate is mid/high single digits. If your pro sports franchise does 3-4 x better than that, it still means some players and coaches will test positive and things will grind to a partial or complete halt. At least baseball didn't try to "bubble" in AZ and FL, which are looking like two of the worst (and worst-led) states in which to be located at the currrent stage of the pandemic.
crunch 11 hours 14 min ago (view)
rizzo took BP and did some field work today. also, almora is good to go...he ran into a wall on friday and got a little banged up.
Cubster 18 hours 32 min ago (view)
Aroldis Chapman is now Covid positive with mild symptoms
crunch 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
the COVID-Division should be fun.
teams from TX, AZ, CA, WA, and CO exclusively playing each other... CO is all "wtf, really?"
Cubster 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
...and so it goes (per Roto): Astros general manager James Click wrote in a statement that a member of the staff "was potentially exposed to a COVID-positive individual outside the organization.” The team is working with MLB and team doctors on testing protocol and cleaning before resuming workouts.
Does the visiting team bring a Covid positive bio-weapon to the player's parking lot?
Charlie 1 day 15 hours ago (view)
I've been wondering how this would proceed. Since teams will have to figure out how existing contracts will be paid, I thought there was a *chance* they would proceed with free agency as usual and plan for payment under potential shortened seasons would just be figured out in negotiations with the MLBPA. But that was probably an overly optimistic thought.
Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 18 hours ago (view)
Meanwhile Theo shoots down any potential of extension talks. I get that it's a crazy time financially in baseball, but it's really gonna suck when all these players leave after 21 and 22.
Cubster 2 days 4 hours ago (view)
WSox Michael Kopech has opted out of 2020. I didn't see a disclosed reason yet but he is recovering from TJ S
crunch 2 days 15 hours ago (view)
buster posey (SF) opting out of 2020...recently adopted twin daughters who were born premature.
Cubster 3 days 19 hours ago (view)
per Tribune: Kimbrel's OK, just working on his changeup (formerly his fastball).
Arizona Phil 4 days 7 hours ago (view)
The Cubs have released RHRP (and their erstwhile closer) Brandon Morrow. There is no indication that they plan to re-sign him to another (different) 2020 minor league contract without the Article XX-B $100K retention bonus provision (as happened with Jason Kipnis last week).
crunch 4 days 10 hours ago (view)
rizzo takes another day off (lower back). ross says the club is "exercising caution."
klye ryan is expected to join the team tomorrow after some mysterious holdup.
Ryno 4 days 11 hours ago (view)
Has anyone seen Darvish's pitch "The Supreme"? Isn't it just a sinker?
Ryno 4 days 11 hours ago (view)
In other words: This lineup sucks.
Arizona Phil 4 days 11 hours ago (view)
Jason Kipnis was released on June 29th and then he was re-signed to a new (different) 2020 minor league contract that does not require a $100K retention bonus if he is not added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 2020 MLB Opening Day (7/23).
Brandon Morrow remains on his original 2020 minor league contract which pays him a $100K retention bonus if he is not released by 7/18 or added to the Cubs MLB Reserve List by 7/23.
Eric S 4 days 11 hours ago (view)
There is that re Kimbrel - at worst, just another year on the books.
July 1st is Bobby Bonilla Day - the day that check is cut and paid annually.